In the last decade, Tesla has completely disrupted the automotive industry. The company has been synonymous with the term electric vehicles, and rightfully so. Their vehicles boast completely battery-powered cars, with ludicrous speeds and technology. The company currently offers four flagship cars, the Model S, 3, X, and Y, each with self-driving capabilities. Combined, Tesla has changed the way consumers look and buy sedans, SUVs, and sports cars.
Over the past year and a half, TikTok has become the defining social media app of Gen Z, not only in the U.S. but around the world in places like India and Europe. The app allows anyone to post videos up to 60 seconds and easily lets users use their favorite song or audio. Though it originated as Musical.ly, a nearly identical app, in 2017 the Chinese internet company ByteDance bought the app and relaunched it as TikTok, with all Musical.ly accounts migrating over to TikTok in August 2018.
For several months, the streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands, many wearing surgical masks and carrying umbrellas that have come to signify resistance. With several suicides, thousands of arrests, and even international debates, the Hong Kong Protests are a demonstration of the extent humans will go to fight for freedom.
President Trump has always faced opposition, since even before the 2016 election. The people of America have shown their opinion on Trump, whether opposition or approval, and both sides are strong and passionate. With the start of the President’s term in January 2017, America has become extremely divided. While many media outlets are quick to talk about the change of Trump’s cabinet members, or his visits to his golf course, no headlines have been as important as the ones in the news now. The House of Representatives is moving forward in an impeachment process.
Local businesses have always been crucial to small towns like Nutley. Many companies in town have been around for generations. However, Nutley also stands as a great place to start a completely brand new business. In April of this year, Nutley Public Schools held its second annual Trep$ Marketplace. The marketplace encouraged students, in grades four through eight, to chase after their business ideas and try to make them into a reality. For JHWMS eighth grader, Braden Somers, this marketplace gave her a start to a new company.
In the last few decades, each generation of teenagers have had their own iconic form of social media. It started with AOL Instant Messenger, then eventually MySpace. This generation, my generation, would probably call Instagram or Twitter their most iconic form of social media. However, Generation Z’s usage of Twitter, for example, and Millennials’ usage of MySpace are completely different. While MySpace and AOL tended to only control the online world, Instagram and Twitter have extremely large real-world effects.
Here in the United States, Hollywood has always been considered to be, “where movies come from.” Luckily for me, I was introduced to Bollywood at a young age. Bollywood is basically the Indian version of Hollywood, but don’t let the name fool you. While Hollywood makes more money internationally each year, Bollywood has sold more tickets and has a larger audience. Growing up, my parents only showed me Indian movies, even though I don’t speak the language. As I grew older, I discovered Hollywood through school and fell in love.
More than 50 years ago, the Nutley Raider Marching Band was formed, with its only purpose being to support the Raider Football Team at their games. Today, the NHS Marching Band still sticks to its roots, by going to every varsity game and playing various “stand tunes” in the bleachers, such as Seven Nation Army or Timber. However, the band’s main focus has shifted to something else: competition.
In the last two decades, technology has completely changed the daily lives of most Americans. For example, with a push of a button, a person can come to where you are, drive you where you want to be, and you don’t even have to take out your wallet. With technology, certain privileges have become part of our lives.
In 2008, a comic book superhero found its way onto movie screens across the world as Marvel Studios released Iron Man. Now, 11 years and 22 movies later, Marvel Studios released Avengers Endgame, which quickly became the second highest grossing movie of all time, the highest being James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. However, its rating shows it's not even the second best movie of all time. I never understood why people were going crazy for the movie that objectively wasn’t the best. Going into the movie, I expected to be let down.